Physical therapists aren’t just for people that are injured or have had surgery. Physical therapists can also help healthy people improve their fitness.
Here are 5 reasons why you should consider seeing yours:
Sure, other professionals are probably qualified to help you with your fitness routine, but the fitness industry is not well regulated. Some certifications only you to take require an online course and pay a fee. There are typically no licenses or other requirements to many of these titles. However, becoming a physical therapist requires at least a bachelor’s degree and most PTs practicing today have a doctorate. Every PT had to pass a national board exam and maintains a state license. This will guarantee that every physical therapist is a verified expert in human movement.
When you see a physical therapist to improve your fitness, you’ll get a full assessment of your strength, range of motion, posture and movement patterns. This not only helps your physical therapist design a customized program just for you, but it also gives them a baseline to compare things to in the future should you start having pain or suffer an injury.
Physical therapists don’t just work to heal injuries, they are also experts in preventing them. After a thorough assessment, a PT can help you design a program that will not only help you reach your fitness goals, but that can address any issues that increase your risk for injury.
Yoga instructors will want you to do yoga. Personal trainers will want you to come to their gym. Pilates instructors will want you to do Pilates. Strength coaches will want you to strength train. A physical therapist doesn’t have a bias or vested interest as to what type of fitness regimen you choose. They are only interested in helping you reach your goals.
If you have some kind of history that affects your ability to exercise, a PT is the best person to help you design a fitness regimen. It doesn’t matter if it’s an old injury from athletics or work, back pain that comes up from time to time, COPD, arthritis or heart disease, a PT can help you safely work around it and meet your fitness goals.
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